Peter B. Mersky is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a baccalaureate degree in illustration. He was commissioned through the Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School in May 1968. Following active duty, he remained in the Naval Reserve and served two tours as an air intelligence officer with Light Photographic Squadron 306, one of the Navy's last F-8 Crusader squadrons. He is the assistant editor of Approach, the Navy's aviation safety magazine, published by the Naval Safety Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Commander Mersky has written or coauthored several books on Navy and Marine Corps aviation, including The Naval Air War in Vietnam (with Norman Polmar), U.S. Marine Corps Aviation, 1912--Present, Vought F-8 Crusader, and A History of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 321. He has written many magazine articles for American and British publications, and he also writes a regular book review column for Naval Aviation News.
Source: Time of the Aces: Marine Pilots in the Solomons, 1942-1944, published 1993, page 41.